• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Understanding your risk of osteoporosis

May 27, 2019
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THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Osteoporosis: What are your risks? 
As you age, your body loses more bone mass than it gains, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become weak, brittle and prone to break. In addition to bone fractures, osteoporosis can cause bone pain, loss of height and a stooped posture. Learn what other factors play a role in your chance of developing osteoporosis and which ones you can control.

Bladder control: Lifestyle strategies ease problems
Have you been struggling with the embarrassment and discomfort of a bladder control problem? Simple lifestyle changes may improve bladder control or enhance your response to medication. Give these safe, easy, effective and inexpensive strategies a try.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Is it safe to drink alcohol after hepatitis C cure?
Anyone concerned about liver health should avoid alcohol, including those who have undergone successful treatment for hepatitis C. Learn more from Dr. Stacey Rizza, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.

Can artificial nails harm natural nails?
Artificial nails aren't likely to harm healthy natural nails when used correctly. However, they can cause problems, such as infections and allergic reactions. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Pulmonary embolism
Food allergy
Bell's palsy
Exercise headaches

HEALTHY RECIPES
Morning glory muffins

Rice noodles with spring vegetables
Curried pork tenderloin in apple cider
Blackberry iced tea with cinnamon and ginger

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Can you spot poison ivy and poison oak?
"Leaves of three, let them be." That old advice still holds true. Poison ivy and poison oak feature three leaflets on one stem. Both plants are common causes of a red, itchy rash characterized by small bumps, blisters or swelling. The best way to prevent the rash is to avoid contact with these and other poisonous plants. If you're hiking or walking outdoors, stay on cleared paths. Wear long pants, as well as socks and shoes, to help protect your skin.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org. 

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